Missouri baseball scores one run in home loss

Sunday, March 6, 2011 | 3:48 p.m. CST; updated 3:57 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 6, 2011
Missouri senior Jeff Scardino started Sunday's game against Illinois-Chicago and pitched into the fourth inning, allowing four runs on eight hits.

The Missouri baseball team was unable to generate enough runs to keep up with Illinois-Chicago on Sunday afternoon at Taylor Stadium.

The Tigers lost 5-1, giving the weekend series to the Flames after splitting a doubleheader Saturday.

Matt Heaslip pitched 8 2/3 innings for Illinois-Chicago (3-7) and gave up seven hits and just one run. That lone run for Missouri (3-7) came in the bottom of the second inning when first baseman Scott Sommerfield drove in designated hitter Dane Opel.

The Tigers led at that point, but in the fourth inning, Missouri pitcher Jeff Scardino (0-1) gave up five hits and three runs. Illinois-Chicago expanded its lead in the next inning, scoring another run. Scardino left the game at that point, having thrown 4 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits and four runs.

In the final four innings of the game, Missouri had one hit. Heaslip came within one out of throwing a complete game. But having thrown 143 pitches, Heaslip was relieved by Eric Wyman, who got the final out of the game for Illinois-Chicago.

Missouri continues its stretch of home games at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Gonzaga.

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